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PEMSEA Partnership for Watershed Management in East Asia

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  21st Century Watershed Technology: Improving Water Quality and Environment Conference Proceedings, 21-24 February 2010, Universidad EARTH, Costa Rica  701P0210cd.(doi:10.13031/2013.29453)
Authors:   Gene Yagow, Karen Kline, Dave Nemazie, Bob Summers, Brian Benham
Keywords:   TMDL, training, watershed management, international partnerships Disclaimer: The workshop training was funded by PEMSEA under sub-agreement with UMCES and Virginia Tech The findings

The Partnership in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) has been working to promote implementation of site-specific river basin and coastal management programs in Manila Bay and Jakarta Bay, among others, through twinning arrangements with U.S. personnel involved with pollution reduction in the Chesapeake Bay. PEMSEA partnered with the University of Marylands Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) and Virginia Techs Center for Watershed Studies to develop a training workshop for participants from the Philippines, Indonesia, the Peoples Republic of China, and the Republic of Korea. The workshop initially focused on the participants who provided examples of good environmental management practices and challenges in their individual countries. Following this, the training team led participants through a step-by-step process of developing a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), which is an integral part of many watershed management efforts in the U.S. The TMDL portion of the workshop included facilitator- led discussions that explored how the process might apply to watershed planning in East Asia for smaller watersheds. The workshop culminated in the development and presentation of rudimentary TMDLs by two teams of participants. One team addressed the Meycauayan-Marilao-Obando watersheds in Manila and the other addressed the Ciliwung River watershed in Jakarta.

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